Top 10 Biggest Cruise Ships

Cruise ships are getting bigger and bigger and by the time a new world’s largest cruise ship is built an even bigger ship is already being planned. Cruise Hive looks at the top ten biggest cruise ships in the world by ship size and weight, not by passenger capacity. The list is also changing as new vessels enter service so hopefully we’ll be able to keep up with all the new mega ships that are currently on order.

1. Harmony of the Seas

Harmony of the Seas overtakes the other Oasis class ships just slightly. The vessel is the first of two new orders from STX France to expand the large class ships to four. Harmony of the Seas features the 10-Story Ultimate Abyss slide which is located at the aft above the AquaTheater.

Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean
Entered Service: May 2016
Gross Tonnage: 227,500
Length: 155.6 ft
Passengers: 5,480
Crew: 2,100

2. Allure of the Seas

This ship is just huge and is the second in the record breaking Oasis class for Royal Caribbean. Allure has seven distinct neighbourhood and too many dining spaces to count! The vessel is a totally different design to other large ships in the cruise industry and also boasts features like the Zip line and the AquaTheater.

Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean
Entered Service: Oct 2010
Gross Tonnage: 225,282
Length: 1,187 ft
Passengers: 5,400
Crew: 2,384

3. Oasis of the Seas

This is the ship that helped push the cruise industry into new heights. Oasis of the Seas was the first of its kind when it arrived at the end of 2009. The groundbreaking vessel was built at the STX shipyard in Turku, Finland. Oasis also boasts features like the Zip line and the AquaTheater.

Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean
Entered Service: Dec 2009
Gross Tonnage: 225,282
Length: 1,186.5 ft
Passengers: 5,400
Crew: 2,394

4. Anthem of the Seas & Ovation of the Seas

Anthem of the Seas is the second ship built in the Quantum class for Royal Caribbean. These ships are some of the most technologically advanced in the world with super fast internet, the North Star, Two70 and Ripcord by iFLY. the ship also has virtual balconies so even inside cabins will feel like an ocean view cabin.

Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean
Entered Service: April 2015
Gross Tonnage: 168,666
Length: 1,141 ft
Passengers: 4,180
Crew: 1,300

5. Quantum of the Seas

Quantum of the Seas took cruising to another level bringing a lot of innovative features including the North Star, Ripcord by iFLY, SeaPlex, Two70 and more. The vessel was built at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany which is also the same shipyard that built sister ships Anthem and Ovation of the Seas.

Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean
Entered Service: Nov 2014
Gross Tonnage: 167,800
Length: 1,139 ft
Passengers: 4,180
Crew: 1,300

6. Norwegian Escape

Norwegian Escape is the largest ship in the NCL and is one of the highlights of the industry for 2015. The ship is the first of two Breakaway Plus ships and boasts onboard features like the oceans first ever Snow Room. The hull artwork was designed by Guy Harvey. The vessel was built at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany.

Cruise Line: Norwegian Cruise Line
Entered Service: Oct 2015
Gross Tonnage: 164,600
Length: 1,098 ft
Passengers: 4,200
Crew: 1,730

7. Norwegian Epic

Norwegian Epic went through a real struggle to become a reality due to funding disputes between NCL and the STX shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France. For a while Epic was know as the F3 Project and is now a very unique cruise ship. The ship boasts a large Aqua Park and cabins for single passengers. Norwegian Epic can be easily noticed due to it’s shoe box design on top.

Cruise Line: Norwegian Cruise Line
Entered Service: June 2010
Gross Tonnage: 155,873
Length: 1,081 ft
Passengers: 4,100
Crew: 1,700

8. Freedom of the Seas (Inc All Class)

All the Freedom class ships are at number 6 as they are all exactly the same design. When Freedom of the Seas arrived it was the largest cruise ship in the world and brought many new onboard features that can now be experienced across the Royal Caribbean fleet. The ship was built at the Turku shipyard in Finland.

Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean
Entered Service: June 2006
Gross Tonnage: 154,407
Length: 1,112 ft
Passengers: 1,360
Crew: 1,700

9. Queen Mary 2

Do we really have to write something about this well known cruise ship from one of the most iconic cruise lines in the world. The ship was built at the STX shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France and is a totally unique design for transatlantic crossings. Queen mary 2 was the biggest cruise ship in the world when it was completed.

Cruise Line: Cunard Line
Entered Service: Jan 2004
Gross Tonnage: 148,528
Length: 1,132 ft
Passengers: 2,620
Crew: 1,250

10. Norwegian Breakaway & Norwegian Getaway

Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Getaway are identical ships. They helped grow the NCL fleet and a new meaning to branded spaces at sea! The ships were both built by Meyer Werft in Papenburg, Germany and are the first to feature a waterfront promenade area. Both ships also have a large Sports Complex.

Cruise Line: Norwegian Cruise Line
Entered Service: April 2013
Gross Tonnage: 146,600
Length: 1,168.3 ft
Passengers: 3,969
Crew: 1,651

Thanks for reading our top ten biggest cruise ships in the world. Remember that this list will always be changing with new and larger ships already on order. It’s worth checking out New Cruise Ships On Order and Cruise Ship Refurbishments.